locally owned since 1854

Which candidates seem to know the true meaning of "politics?''

Posted 5/12/15

 

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 

These are the closing words of President Abraham Lincoln’s Nov. 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address.

 

That famous …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Which candidates seem to know the true meaning of "politics?''

Posted

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 

These are the closing words of President Abraham Lincoln’s Nov. 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address.

 

That famous speech served as a reminder that Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War did not die in vain. Now, 152 years later, it continues to remind us how important it is to fight for the vision and ideals of our Founding Fathers. 

 

In my Oct. 30, 2013 letter to the citizens, I discussed the definition of “politics” and “politician.” Generally, those words have a negative connotation.  In reality, “politics” is derived from the Greek word “politikos,” which means “of, for, or relating to citizens.” Unfortunately for Middletown, certain elected officials have given credence to the negative definition, while ignoring the very people who put them in the borough council seat to begin with.

 

When elected your mayor, I had no allegiance to any person or group. That being said, my very vocal opposition to the decisions and manner in which some operate should speak volumes to you as constituents.

 

A select few have argued my criticism only “creates a divide.” If battling for transparency and the respect of residents creates a divide, so be it. I will sleep at night knowing I am on the correct side of the chasm.

 

With merely weeks left before the May 19 primary election, your doors will be flooded with propaganda. While I will openly admit there have been some positives for Middletown in recent years, I ask at what cost?

 

Our residents are sickened at the thought of attending a council meeting. Middletown is mocked by neighboring municipalities. A state representative and senator have expressed disappointment with certain “leaders.” This is not the way a small town government should operate.

 

Replacing pipes and installing new curbs are accomplishments. They mean nothing, however, when citizens move away and business refuse to move in because of the polluted atmosphere. Fortunately, there is a solution. You.

 

It is easy for the same five people to submit negative Sound-Off entries week after week. It is easy for certain groups to make empty promises on unsigned propaganda. The actions of a candidate prior to taking office are a true indication of how they will operate while in office. I respectfully request you consider those candidates who have taken the opportunity to walk door-to-door and speak with you face-to-face. It is those candidates who will remember the true meaning of “politics.”

 

As voters, you bring candidates to the threshold of public service. Vote for the ones who won’t shut the door behind them once they cross it.

{jcomments on}

                   Mayor James H. Curry III

                                            Middletown